Thursday, March 19th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  69 responses

Carl Landry Discusses the Shooting

by Marcel Mutoni

Forget the fact that he’s expected to miss very little time after getting shot a couple of nights ago, Carl Landry is thankful and lucky to be alive.

Landry spoke publicly for the first time yesterday about his ordeal, and according to the Rockets forward, the shooting was likely a case of mistaken identity. It was also an unimaginably harrowing experience.

The Houston Chronicle reports:

“I could have been dead,” Landry said. “The shooter was 10 yards or less away. I’m 6-9 and I had a bright shirt on. I don’t know how he missed, but thank God he did and he hit the lower part of my leg. Yeah, definitely, I could have been dead. And you guys … would be talking about the funeral that you were probably going to go to in a couple of days. I’m blessed and lucky to be alive.”

“I was sideswiped once and turned around,” he said. “Hit me again on the other side. I ran into a big street light. The car was totaled at the time and I knew something was going on, like they were looking for somebody. Both of the guys got out of the car. I tried to plead my case, saying I’m not the guy they were looking for. But immediately they start shooting. The second shot hit me in the left calf.”

“I ran about six blocks. After they fired two shots, one of the guys chased me for about a block. I was able to outrun the shooter and I hid in between a house and a fence. I was so frightened, so I started to knock. I was ringing doorbells like crazy. One person came down and said he was going to call the police. He said he was going to call 911. I saw a cop car drive by about 20 minutes after he said that. I went up to the cop car and they helped me. I feel good just to be alive, blessed at the same time. The situation that happened was really scary. It could have happened to anybody. I’m just happy to be here.”


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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne


  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Carl Landry, I’m so glad you’re okay. And I hate to actually talk about this, but damn the way he explained it was just as I pictured it happening. Thank God he outran them. Thank God, Allah, thank whoever needs to be thanked.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Woah! intense.

  • Pic

    thats crazy, hes really lucky, thank goodness

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    This dude is way lucky, but also I mean.. damn, to outrun someone after being shot in the leg. That’s intense.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Carl Landry….damn. Atta boy, welcome to fly society.

  • Blue

    Wow! Carl’s extremely blessed. I’m a fan but life is way more important than ball…

  • Prentice Mcgruder

    He ran six blocks and left his girl sittin in the car?! Piiimp.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    he didn’t mention the girl at all, I wonder what happened with her. Did she also ran?

  • http://www.obviated.blogspot.com nick

    He is lucky. It sounds like a robbery gone wrong, but damn. I can’t imagine how scary that would be. Something similar actually happened to a girl i went to high school with (she had a nice SUV, some dudes pulled up beside her, shot her in the arm through the window with a shotgun, she was able to drive to a fire station and was ok) in a part of town not too far from where Landry’s shooting went down. Apparently this is just something h-town criminals think is a good idea…

  • Blue

    To hear the full audio of the interview with Carl, go to Clutchfans.com…it’s at the bottom of the story…about 3 and a half minutes long.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    It those PoBoys that did it

  • Fred34

    that’s wayyyyy effed up

  • Nate James

    that is intense.. i can picture it happining too.
    good thing your alive.

  • bulldog

    Please don’t rock Lil’ Wayne “shooter” around him or you might get smacked. Thank God he survived.

  • The Seed

    This is the world we live in, if its not mine, just take it by force. Then those two thugs, would be crying in the police station, like on First 48, then in jail they would be Bubba’s best friend making shrimp for him. I can stand want to be thugs, get a job, watch TI on MTV, listen to Dr. Phil, Read the bible, so people can’t stop acting so tough and just trying to take something from someone else. Landry is blessed, not lucky-see you in church Carl.

  • reggie haters

    no thug is catching an NBA player, unless it is zydrunas

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    The Seed, reading the bible doesn’t make you a better person automatically. reading the bible doesn’t all of a sudden make you a non thug. Bush read the bible…All those pedophiles in the church read the bible. Ted Haggard, the evangelical minister did a bunch of gay hate, then ended up being gay with male prostitutes…he read the bible. Many bad people read the bible, many good people dont, and many good read the bible, many bad people dont. The Bible doesn’t make you a good person.

  • Bishop1405

    Thats nuts! Praise God he’s OK

  • Fred34

    “We need more bullet control” – CR

  • http://www.alloutblitz.com cordeazy

    what happened to the girl? b*tch set him up! why they trying to stick him for his paper?

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    y would anyone wanna kill that dude?
    he doesn’t seem like an @ss at all

  • ka

    six blocks? hardcore. in b4 his mom got scared and sends him to
    live with his aunt in bel air.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    ka is a 4chan man.

  • keegan

    dont they do gang initiations like this sometimes? rear end followed by shooting?

  • The Seed

    Justin, my friend remember by reading the bible it opens you up to the word. Just because you read the bible, doesn’t make you good, but its shows you things to come if you don’t live your life right. Plus the main reason in reading the bible is to let the word have free course in your life. Study to show yourself approve. I guarrante this to anyone, read your bible and try to understand it, it will eventually lead you to church, which will lead you to getting your life right, before your end on this earth. Also there are always exceptions to the rule, but these people know the truth, the truth just has not set them free. Bush, pedophiles, Ted Haggard, all know where they are going if they do not take heed to the word. Remember Justin, lean not to your own understanding of things of this world, but in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path. Reading the bible is something God wants you to do, and want to be thugs could use the good book. I know some who have been change from experiencing the real High. Sorry for turning this into a church session. Just trying to plant a seed.

  • Fred34

    Always good to encourage reading – agreed. But read lots of different things, there’s so much out there don’t limit yourself in life.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    The Seed, I’ve read the bible, and I’m not saying the Bible is bad. I’m just making a comment that the bible can only show you the way, you have to walk the path.

  • jerseyboy

    Dam cops took mad long to get there as usual.They probably searched him before they gave him a ride to the hospital.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    oh wow The Seed, you can’t be serious can you?

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    wait, I’m not getting into this, it really doesn’t make any sense, all that bible talk. It’s another world than mine.

  • The Seed

    Justin, I agree with you, just wrote too much about people choosing their destiny in life.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Gerard, bible talk is different than mine as well. I read the bible, the mormon book, just started reading the Qur’an. I’m taking a few theology classes in college. Personally, I just try and live a good life, leave the world better than when I came into it, and hit 43% lifetime from 3.

  • niQ

    wow. definitely blessed. i’m glad you’re okay Landry. and by the way, this may be a bit sidetracked but, it shows how powerful the adrenaline you get in a fight/flight/fright situation. even though he was shot in the leg he was still able to outrun the shooter.. wow.. but yea. the story is just so amazing. unreal.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    it only took 20 minutes for the police to respond to a shooting, thats a new record.

  • method526

    boyz in da hood

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Suring the first day or so, all the news reports just said there was a woman in the car and that the shooters didn’t hurt her. I think we all assumed he left her int he car, but it was never actually said. One report from a local station, which i think got someone to talk, reported both landry and the woman took off running. That’s still uncomfirmed. Although Landry gave a lot of details here, he did mention during this interview he couldn’t give ALL the details because of the ingoing investigation. So i’m guessing the woman is just being protected or actually being investigated also.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    As for the PD, it wouldn’t be fair toassume they just took the full 20 mins, remember this is landry’s estimate, during a time where he’s scared and losing blood, time probably couldnt go fast enough, so it’s possible he overestimated the time.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    America’s crazy. The worst we have here is drive by arguments.

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  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Who did they mistake Carl Landry for? “Oops, sorry, we were trying to jack some other 6-9 guy. Have you seen Othella Harrington around here?”

  • whooo!

    did landry explain what he was doing driving around at 4 or 5am?

  • whooo!

    i just bring that up cuz i watched the spurs game the other day, n sean elliot mentioned a clipper who had gotten his car jacked some years ago. everyone on the team felt bad for him, but then they found out dude was in watts with his top down at like 2am. i’m REALLY glad landry’s ok, but dude’s gotta be more careful! i hope this serves notice to the rest of the players to be smart.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    it wasn’t 4 or 5 am, closer to 2 am, but the exact time is still isn’t confirmed….he was going out to get some food, so he says, and the team had just got back from NO around midnight.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    and they’re going to show sketches of the shooters on the local news at 5, plus they found some unusual items in their car, i’ll post an update after 5pm CT.

  • Danny W

    I heard it was Stephen Jackson. Good bless the USA, land of the free…(to carry a gun and shoot whoever the f@*k you want to).

  • luke

    Dude outrun those cats even after being shot in the leg!!!Dayum.

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    i posted a link to today’s update, but its waiting moderation. Apparently they found items in the suspect’s car that links them to a robbery about an hour before they shot Landry. In that robbery they held up a man on the street at gunpoint.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Justin, why are you bashing Bush? The man isn’t president anymore, damn! Bush has been hated on so much people are starting to forget why they hate him. He’s not THAT bad of a person. Sh!t bash Dick Cheney!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Thank God for everything, and that we’re safe. Landry is very, very lucky.

  • http://www.Slamonline.com CP34MVP

    Thank God for him being safe & alive.

  • Kevin

    Thank God he’s alive you dont ever wanna see a man gunned down in the street for no reason, but if he would’ve fired back. ESPN would’ve ran a whole show on why he had a gun and was out there in the first place and blown it out of proportion

  • http://www.benfolds.com/acappella Dacre

    Good on ya “Lucky Landry”

  • K

    dayummm… much respect to that dude…

    when i first heard about the shooting i thought he was just an innocent bystander that got hit wit a stray bullet… but man he was fully being chased n shieeeet. Guess this gives him motivation to get to ALL-STAR status… i mean come on… ain’t no way D WADE or LEBRON gon’ get mistaken for somebody else… HAHA… ;-)

  • G-Baby

    It’s good he got away, but there’s no way in hell that this is a case of mistaken identity. They were probably racing or something and Carl probably pissed the dude off so he up and pulls out a piece.

  • j-smoov 5

    Thank the Lord your ok Landry… Glad to see you still alive.

  • nashty

    That’s some Soprano sh*t right there….. Thank God he’s OK.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    G-baby, there’s no way they were racing. Landry had just left his home, was still on his block and going north, the other car was going south.

  • chintao

    @ RV ==> I’m not a fan of the fuzz, so I can’t really buy the whole, “Landry was losing blood and lost track of time”-thing. I gonna guess he was wearing a watch. 20 minutes for the Ho’ PD to respond to “shots fired” is inexcusable. The cops prolly just zoned the neighborhood for slow- to no response.

  • jerseyboy

    Thats messed up,the guy who called the cops probably made Landry wait outside in a bush until the cops came.I’m sure the cops didn’t get there no faster than 20 minutes also.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    wow, what are y’all ex-cons? Not all PDs are the same. You can’t buy that Landry was scared and that made time seem longer than it was, but you’re “gonna guess he was wearing a watch”? That’s less likely than what I was assuming, who wears a watch casually anymore when everyone has a cell? There’s a police station just over half a mile from there, i’ve had neighbors call for a noise disturbance around the same time fram and they show within 15-20 mins for that and I dont live too far from Landry.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Carl Landry now gets to b*tchslap everybody on the Rockets if they say they’re hurt.

  • donlaker

    he is a lucky guy , i’ve been in firearm (shootings)situations on the mean streets of los angeles ,and cops treat everybody like they are the criminals (the first question i was always asked, what gang are you from)
    i know how this brother feels.
    and one thing i did learn, is that at 1am to 4am
    the only people on the streets are the criminals, the victims,and sometimes the police
    good luck carl hope you help the rockets get out of the 1st round

  • Caleb

    “He’s not THAT bad of a person.”

    Yeah he’s got a few hundred thousand deaths on his hands but he’s not *that* bad…

  • ktokyo

    He’s in good company. Penny Hardaway also got shot in the calf and look how his career ended up.

  • chintao

    @ RV ==> I’m not a con, but thanks for the bump in credibility.
    People wearing a watch is less likely than a mental time-warp? Naw, man. Ballers, especially, like to bling timepieces.
    Also, not all POLICE OFFICERS are the same, but ALL POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE THE SAME. It is inevitable that there will be an institutional problem inherent in any organization that defines itself through its suspicion of others. “To serve, protect, and break a ni&&a’s neck.”

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    chintao, you’re just full of stereotypes, arent you? all ballers like to bling timepieces? All PDs are the same? First, Landry isn’t you’re typical “baller”, the guy drove a chevy tahoe and hardly ever wore bling, if any. And even if there was a problem internally in all PDs, doesn’t mean all dispatchers and all officers are the same.

  • chintao

    RV, you’re the guy who called me a con. That’s a stereotype. If you read carefully what I wrote above, you will see that I say that all police officers are NOT the same, but all PD’s are. That’s my opinion. If you have had a different experience, I would adjudge you to have been fortunate. Some of us are not so lucky.